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Obstetric care is guaranteed and is a priority in Ecuador – The Daily News Box

ByKathleen Dupont

Sep 30, 2020

Quito, September 29, 2020

The The Daily News Box (MSP) guarantees comprehensive prenatal, natal and postnatal services, including obstetric emergencies, which are pathologies that compromise maternal-fetal health, such as obstetric hemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, obstetric sepsis and abortion of any type and cause . In addition, the institution promotes culturally accepted childbirth and newborn care.

The Minister of Public Health, Juan Carlos Zevallos, assured that these pathologies have always been and are treated. “As long as we have a new Organic Health Code (COS), the health system continues to attend obstetric, cardiac, traumatic emergencies and all those that arise, because we have done so and we will continue to do so in honor of our Hippocratic oath”, express.

Through the nationwide emergency units, patients are treated in a timely and professional manner. If they require specialized care, the MSP refers them to one of the four obstetric centers in the country. In Quito, there are the Isidro Ayora Gyneco-Obstetric Hospitals (HGOIA) and Nueva Aurora Luz Elena Arismendi; in Guayaquil, the Matilde Hidalgo de Procel Specialized Hospital and, in Santa Rosa, the Angela Loayza Obstetric Hospital in Ollague.

From January to August 2020, the Isidro Ayora hospital has provided assistance to 402 abortion patients, between 10 and 50 years of age. Of this total, 162 were care for spontaneous abortion and 116 for deferred abortion (retention in the uterine cavity of a dead embryo or fetus). The other morbidities correspond to ectopic, molar, anembryonic, septic, therapeutic and modus labor pregnancies.

In 2019, emergency care reached 26,291. Among the 10 main causes is sexual abuse with 356 services rendered. Pathologies such as abnormal vaginal and uterine bleeding, pelvic pain, acute vaginitis, urinary tract infection, irregular menstruation, among other causes, were also recorded.

It should be noted that the HGOIA continuously trains health professionals in the “Management of Obstetric and Neonatal Emergencies”, including in operating units of the Complementary Health Network.

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